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BIO 102 W — Immune Health Basics

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Oct 28
Drop Deadline: Oct 4
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $325
Limit: 40
Sep 26—Oct 28
5 weeks
Drop By
Oct 4
1 Units

What does it mean when a product claims that it supports “immune health” or promises to “boost immunity”? We hear these claims frequently, but what is required for good immune health, and can we really modulate the immune system to our advantage?

In this online course, we will explore the complex and dynamic workings of the human immune system. You will be introduced to the basic biology of the immune system, the cornerstone to understanding your immune health. We will examine the very different roles the immune system plays in infections, cancer, and autoimmunity. These areas of disease will serve to highlight the many different functions of the immune system, providing insight into how this vast network of cells and molecules fights off foreign invaders, kills cancer cells, and at times, turns against the very body it was designed to protect. We will pay special attention to the impact our environment has on our immune system and the effects of aging on immune function, and we will take a close look at what current research tells us about improving our immune health through nutrition, exercise, meditation, and supplementation.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 40 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Tobi Schmidt, Personal Health Advisor

Tobi Schmidt conducts research focused on modulating the immune system and its environment to improve immune function in fighting disease. This area of study, known as immunotherapy, is one of the newest tools in the fight against cancer. Schmidt received a PhD from the Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and has researched cures for diseases in academic and pharmaceutical labs.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks